Silent Screams – World’s 1st Horror Movie | The Devil’s Castle (1896)

Considered the first horror movie — and arguably the first vampire movie — Le manoir du diable (aka The Devil’s Castle) is an 1896 Georges Melies film that runs for over 3 minutes, an astonishing length for the time.

The film has been known by a variety of alternate names — The Devil’s Manor, The Manor of the Devil, The House of the Devil, and The Haunted Castle — the latter is actually a different movie by Méliès, made 1 year later on the same set and with many of the same costumes. It is also notable for containing some of the earliest hand-tinting of images.

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March Melies Madness! – The Bewitched Inn [L’auberge ensorcelée] (1897)

An inn’s patron (Georges Méliès) readies himself to rest in his room, only to be foiled by various haunted tricks. The Bewitched Inn (aka L’auberge ensorcelée) can be considered a culmination of three previous surviving films by Melies: A Terrible Night, A Nightmare, and The Haunted Castle.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0000138/

March Melies Madness! – The Haunted Castle [Le château hanté] (1897)

Via the use of stop-cut replacement trick photography, a king experiences the many haunts of his castle, culminating with an appearance by the Devil. The Haunted Castle (aka Le château hanté), by Georges Méliès, features wonderful hand-painting of individual frames, the result adding to the supernatural air of the film. Also of note: The logo of Melies’ Star Film production company is visible at the bottom of the right column in the background archway. Including a logo within the film was an early technique for claiming ownership, similar to a photographer’s watermark.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1213033/

March Melies Madness! – The Devil’s Castle [Le manoir du diable] (1896)



Considered the first horror movie, and arguably the first vampire movieThe Devil’s Castle (aka Le manoir du diable) runs over 3 minutes, an astonishing length for the time. The movie has been known by a variety of alternate names including The Devil’s Manor, The Manor of the Devil, The House of the Devil, and The Haunted Castle. The latter is often incorrectly attributed to this film, but “The Haunted Castle” is actually the name of a different movie by Méliès, filmed 1 year later.

Music performed by Billy Duncan for Change Before Going Productions.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0000091/

1st Horror and Vampire Film

The Devil’s Castle (1896) – Georges Melies

The Devil’s Castle (aka Le manoir du diable), by Georges Méliès, is considered to be the first horror film, and arguably the first vampire film. The movie has been known by a variety of alternate names, including The Devil’s Manor, The Manor of the Devil, The House of the Devil, and The Haunted Castle, though the latter is incorrectly attributed as “The Haunted Castle” is the name of a different movie by Melies, filmed 1 year later.

Music performed by Billy Duncan for Change Before Going Productions.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0000091/

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